Yes! If you believe in the worth of hard assets, gold and silver.....you would only short the miners into becoming bankrupt a lot faster (only 1 out of a 1,000 doesn't go bankrupt naturally). The above ground gold would be revalued in hard asset terms and not worthless paper terms! Also, it is the elite that own the mining companies.....and they are worse people than the bankers! Why would anyone in their right mind invest in their companies? Finally, history shows that it is only the insiders who make money from junior mining stocks....in the 80's....95% of the people who invested lost everything.